The much-awaited match of the season is here – Real Madrid Femenino vs Barcelona Femení, the first encounter between both the clubs, historical rivals, in the Women’s division. The stage is set for the epic clash in a league which was filled with uncertainties with the league start getting delayed (a month after what was planned in summer) and concerns due to COVID-19. Valdebebas will host the first Women’s Classic in history, today at 13:30 CET and Real Madrid will make its debut after absorbing Club Deportivo Tacón on September 15th, last year.
Both teams meet again on the second day of the competition, as they did last season when Johan Cruyff Stadium opened its doors for the first time for Lluís Cortés’ team to host the team led by David Aznar. Last season, CD Tacon were handed a 9-1 drubbing by the Catalan club. However, this time, we can expect a much tighter battle between the two heavyweights.
The team, led by David Aznar, had some great signings from the national level such as Ivana Andrés, Kenti Robles, Maite Oroz, former goalkeeper of Deportivo de La Coruña, María Isabel Rodríguez, Marta Cardona, Marta Corredera, Olga Carmona and Teresa Abelleira. They also signed two proficient Swedish forwards Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson.
With a well-set squad, with hardly any signings, Barcelona Femení who consistently performed well throughout last season has already shown us what they are capable of. The defending Champions and the Super Cup winners seeks an assault on Valdebebas, as they did last season, where they beat Tacon 0-6 in the Madrid fiefdom.
Squad list – Real Madrid Femenino
Real Madrid Femenino coach, David Aznar, has summoned María Isabel Rodríguez, Yohana Gómez, Sara Ezquerro, Kenti Robles, Babett Peter, Samara Ortiz, Ivana Andrés, Marta Corredera, Claudia Florentino, Aurélie Anne Sophie Kaci , Maite Oroz, Teresa Abelleira, Malena Ortiz, Olga Carmona, Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson, Marta Cardona, Lorena Navarro, Chioma Grace Ubogagu and Jessica Dahiana Martínez.
Squad list – Barcelona Femení
Barcelona Femení coach, Lluís Cortés, announced the squad that travelled to Madrid after yesterday’s training session. Sandra Paños, Laia Codina, María León, Melanie Serrano, Vicky Losada, Jennifer Hermoso, Marta Torrejón, Mariona Caldentey, Kheira Hamraoui, Alexia Putellas, Patricia Guijarro, Cata Coll, Aitana Bonmatí, Leila Ouahabi, Caroline Graham, Andrea Pereira, Ana- Maria Crnogorčević, Asisat Oshoala and Lieke Martens found place in the squadlist while which Andrea Falcón, Jana Fernández, Bruna Vilamala, Gemma Font and Giovana Queiroz were left out.
Quotes from Press Conference
“This game is like any other. We really want to compete again and we now have Real Madrid, which has strengthened very well and everyone will talk about it, but we are focused on the 3 points. It will be special.”
– Jenni Hermoso
“At the end of the season, all the games are those that give you the title and we have scored points with teams of all levels. We were all afraid of a physical downturn after the break and it has not been like that. We saw it in the Champions League. The team is very well and is ready.”
“We have been working for a long time and, when it comes to playing matches and working on them, will be easier for us than for a new team. We know them all and they are very good. They will go for it even though they may lack filming together.”
– Jenni Hermoso
Players to watch out for!
Asisat Oshoala: While Jenni Hermoso and Graham Hansen, usually attract most of the attention in a star-studded Barcelona Femení attack, it is this Nigerian striker who stands out in troubling defenders with her pace and finishing prowess.
Marta Cardona: The 25-year-old who is in fine form earned her a Spain call-up and then a move to Real Madrid Femenino. She is quick and skilful with the ball. With Jakobsson lining up alongside her on the wing, she is a player to look out for.
The match will be live telecasted on Teledeporte and Esport3. It can also be seen on BarcaTV+.